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This mailbag of News-Times readers' letters includes thoughts on term limits, the Portland Trail Blazers and more.

Congress needs term limits

It is past time for term limits for all congressional seats.

The 22nd Amendment limits presidential terms to two. Contact your representatives in Congress to insist that a similar amendment be passed to limit representatives to four two-year terms, and senators to two six-year terms.

An adjunct to this suggestion (which could be codified in the above amendment) is to restrict congressional "retirees" from working for lobbying firm or engaging in lobbying for a period of five years after leaving office.

Harold Hutchison, Forest Grove

Blazers should replace GM

Instead of hiring Chauncey Billups as the Trail Blazers' new head coach, it might be wiser to wait on hiring a coach — until another management personnel move has been made.

The hiring process for head coach has not been handled well, according to many Blazers' fans and some national sports commentators. The Blazers' front office has also made several strategic mistakes, in trades (including sacrificing first-round draft picks) and compensation, in recent years.

Accordingly, the real move the team needs to make (right now) is actually quite simple — replace the general manager with a native Oregonian — named Danny Ainge. Ainge's unblemished and exceptional professional record and reputation, as an NBA executive, player, teammate and human being, merit appointment to manage the team.

Michael Brewin, Tigard

'Track and scan' may not be safe for shoppers

Regarding your June 17 article on my local Fred Meyer supermarket's rollout of "track and scan" mass surveillance shopping in Portland as a test market, I wish you had given some voice to electronic privacy advocates.

Read our June 17, 2021, article on Fred Meyer's tracking plan.

Oregon lacks rigorous consumer protections such as California's Consumer Privacy Act, and there are all sorts of ways Fred Meyer's corporate parent could misuse customer data.

Going forward, I'll prefer to shop at Trader Joe's. Its family owner — the Albrecht family — survived Nazi Germany. This experience lead them to build privacy measures such as not requiring "club cards" into their business model.

Of course, Fred Meyer is one of your advertisers, but you don't need to uncritically regurgitate a press release.

Thomas Busse, Northwest Portland


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